In an age of information overload, distraction seems prevalent in our culture. We seem to have a problem concentrating and when we are doing an activity, our minds are not really there. We are thinking about something else that we want or have to do. Even when we are entertained. How many times, while watching a movie or a series, we are playing a game on the phone or checking Facebook.
Our multitasking is creating an attention deficit problem. At the same time not paying attention makes us miss out of life and unappreciative of our surroundings.
Our disconnected attention not only has an impact in our personal lives but it impacts how we relate to one another. Sometimes when we are talking with other people we are not even paying attention and we are only thinking about what we are going to say next or
I believe there are 3 things we can do to pay more attention and enjoy life and every moment we are living.
- Do only one thing at a time. This means that any time you want to think about something else (besides what you are doing), bring your mind back to what you are doing at the moment.
- Take time off from media. Take some time off to just think. Take a walk or sit in a room by yourself without any distractions. This will help your mind get focused.
- Practice remembering things. When you use your brain to remember things and to “store” more information you are forcing the brain to pay more attention and to create better connections in your mind. This will help your mind to be more focused when doing an activity.
So although I understand this things are simple, they are not easy to do, but like anything, start slow and you will eventually get a hang of it and start paying more attention.